A young harbor seal lounges on top of seaweed near Cundy's Harbor, Maine, in 2000. As pupping season and Memorial Day weekend collide, New Englanders are being asked to stay away from seals. Pat Wellenbach/AP hide caption

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Almost like clockwork, every 60 to 110 minutes, Old Faithful shoots out a jet of steam and hot water up to 184 feet high. In summer the nearby parking lot fills and empties at about the same pace. Yellowstone Superintendent Dan Wenk says, "One of the great fears of every superintendent of Yellowstone is that Old Faithful will stop erupting when they're superintendent." Michael Nichols/National Geographic hide caption

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Is Yellowstone National Park In Danger Of Being 'Loved To Death'?
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Paul Zakayo (left) and Nasa Jackson Mairi were nabbed by a team of park rangers at the Mara Conservancy in Kenya and charged with killing three impalas and a gazelle in the wildlife sanctuary. Greg Warner/NPR hide caption

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Stalking Poachers With High-Tech Cameras And Old-Fashioned Smarts
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The Secret, Social Lives Of Mountain Lions
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A pangolin is released into the wild by officials at a conservation forest in Indonesia in 2013. The animal was among 128 pangolins confiscated by customs officers from a smuggler's boat off Sumatra. Jefri Tarigan/AP hide caption

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The World's Most Trafficked Mammal Is One You May Never Have Heard Of
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In a speech on Monday, Zimbabwean President Robert Mugabe said his compatriots failed to protect Cecil the lion. Tsvangirayi Mukwazhi/AP hide caption

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Zimbabwe's President Blames 'Vandals' For Killing Cecil The Lion
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U.S. Fish and Wildlife Forensics Lab Director Ken Goddard holds a wood sample used in the lab's forensic work in Ashland, Ore. Jes Burns/OPB/EarthFix hide caption

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Wildlife Forensics Lab Uses Tech To Sniff, Identify Illegal Wood
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M.C. Davis, former gambler and businessman, stands in his 54,000-acre preserve, Nokuse Plantation, in the Florida Panhandle. It's the largest privately owned conservation area in the southeastern United States. Matt Ozug/NPR hide caption

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Gambler-Turned-Conservationist Devotes Fortune To Florida Nature Preserve
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Numbat populations once dropped as low as 500 adults. To help save this endangered marsupial, the Perth Zoo has been rearing them in captivity for release back into the wild. But wild numbats eat only termites, which are too difficult to get in large quantities. So zoo staff have spent over a decade concocting a tasty and nutritious substitute. Helenabella via Wikimedia Commons hide caption

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Hundreds of adult wood storks gather on the tops of trees at the Harris Neck National Wildlife Refuge. Stephen B. Morton/AP hide caption

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Old Land Battle Resurfaces In Georgia Between The Gullah And The Government
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The European eagle owl, like this one from the Mulhouse Zoo in eastern France, is one of the largest owl species, with a wingspan of about 6 feet. Sebastien Bozon/AFP/Getty Images hide caption

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Coleen Schaefer (left) and Doni Sprague display a tiger pelt that was confiscated and is being stored at the National Wildlife Property Repository on the outskirts of Denver. Some 1.5 million items are being held at the facility. The Trans-Pacific Partnership, which is still under negotiation, would punish wildlife trafficking. Jackie Northam/NPR hide caption

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Tiger Skins And Rhino Horns: Can A Trade Deal Halt The Trafficking?
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P22, a 4-year-old male mountain lion known as the "Hollywood Lion," is known to traverse the hills in and around Los Angeles. He is seen here recaptured by the National Park Service in March after being exposed to rat poison. AP Photo/National Park Service hide caption

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Why Did The Mountain Lion Cross The Freeway? To Breed
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Two adult white rhinos stand in an enclosure at South Africa's Entabeni Safari Conservancy in 2012. Entabeni is one of the world's only dedicated orphanages for rhino calves whose parents were poached for their horns — a trend that is rising. Stephane De Sakutin/AFP/Getty Images hide caption

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For Elephants And Rhinos, Poaching Trends Point In Wrong Direction
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